Easy Halloween Crafts For Kids

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I see what you are pinning on Pinterest and Halloween pins are everywhere these days. I thought I’d make it easier on you and bring a long list of our favorite easy Halloween crafts for kids together in a Halloween craft round up . We have so many Halloween activities for kids on the site that I already have at least one more round up planned but I will wait a while before posting it .

Puffy Paint Ghost
Simple Plate Jack-O-Lantern
Halloween Sensory Tub
Eyeball Painting
Sandpaper Pumpkin
Texture Collage Ghost
Marshmallow Skull
Pumpkin Playdough
Toilet Roll Frankenstein
Rock Jack-O-Lanterns
Messy Monster Craft
Cookie Cutter Ghosts
Hand Print Bat Craft
Simple Halloween Sensory Tub
Toddler Friendly Glittered Pumpkins
Black Bean and Orange Lentil Wreath
Marshmallow Ghost Craft

Halloween Ghost Crafts &Treats

Of all the Halloween words like ghouls, monsters and jack-o-lantern the search term that has been most common this month for us is ” Ghost Craft” . I aim to please so here are  our ghost crafts, treats and even my failed ghost cookies that tasted really really good. If you weren’t one of the many people searching for “Ghost Craft” I hope you find something fun to do anyway!

Texture Ghost

I think I may re-do this craft with my daughter in the coming days, it’s a fun craft to do with toddlers and preschoolers alike!

Puffy Paint Ghost

Seriously messy, seriously fun and the way the homemade puffy paint dries is seriously awesome!

Flying Ghosts

Great use of cookie cutters and a fun and easy craft for preschoolers.

Ghost Cookies

I was so excited when I thought these cookies up and when they flopped I was so sad I ate way too many .

Ghost Bananas

This is the perfect lesson in great minds think alike. I thought I thought this great idea up…only to find out FamilyFun Magazine posted it well before me, and moms everywhere had probably been doing this for ages. AgainI was so sad I ate way too many .

Marshmallow Ghost

We love marshmallow crafts, me because it’s math and fine motor skill practice, my son because he gets to eat the craft supplies!

Witch’s Hat – Halloween Food Craft

 

This is one of my favorite Christmas party crafts we did ages ago adapted for Halloween. As my son pointed out it would also be fun for a Harry Potter party as it makes a great sorting hat craft. It’s a fun way to make something edible without baking.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some one sugar cone, some black icing, halloween sprinkles ( ours are just orange and back non pareils), some gummy worms or other gross candy, a cupcake liner and spoon.  I normally have my son help mix the food coloring if we are using it but black food color is notoriously stubborn to get out of anything ( like my hands… hours later) but by premixing it the mess with my son was minimal.
  2. Start by using the icing to “glue” the cone to the liner.
  3. Now cover the cone and liner with black icing. Have diaper wipes on hand I swear they have magic food coloring erasers, nothing wipes it up like wipes!  Oh and see his lips… if you are doing this with a group give them individial cups of icing or there will be a lot of germ sharing.
  4. Add the sparkles.. I mean sprinkles, it’s habit to type sparkles !
  5. Add worms… eat one more than you were supposed to.  See that little hand ? Baby girl was aching to have some sugar but she will have to wait til next year. Bummer.
  6. That’s it – super easy right?! It’s perfect for a fun Halloween party where kids are busy running around and don’t want to sit for too long to make something.

 

Halloween Books

I was going to link to some books I have previously reviewed since we have not made it to the library lately but my friend Amy Kraft from Media Macaroni just posted a wonderful post about new Halloween Books - so run over there and see what’s new. I was giddy to see a new Todd Parr book!

Not Too Gross – Eye Ball Painting

marble painting

No I am not suggesting your kids paint their eyeballs, but rather paint WITH eyeballs ( or balls that look like eyeballs). This is a simple and fast activity that is perfect for the goulish , gross out season upon us without being too icky for more squeamish kids. Be mindful of doing this with kids who are still putting things in their mouths, opt for bigger balls for them, if it can fit in their mouth get a new ball that can’t.

    1. Gather your materials. You will need some liquid paint in your kiddo’s favorite colors ( this is also a great color mixing activity if you want to throw a lesson in to it), some eyeball bouncy balls ( found in Halloween section of 3 big box stores I have been to), paper and a box or container.

    1. Pop the paper in.
    2. Pour in the paint

    1. Add the eye balls – we added a bunch at a time!
    2. Paint! Roll the eyeballs around in the box and watch them paint.
    3. We added more paper after the first one and rolled off the excess paint, I like this painting better!

  1. Let dry and hang up where your kids can show it off!

Two Scary Books

Twelve Terrible Things by Marty Kelley is horrifying to me, yet my son loves this book. He must have slipped it in our library bag because I have no recollection of choosing this book, and I didn’t pre read it when we got home. By then it was too late, my son was hooked on the dark humor this book delivers. The book offers up 12 terrible things, like a scary clown, a goldfish on it’s way down the toilet and monsters under the bed . The illustrations are all from the reader’s view point so the scary things are looking right at you! I am easily scared , I can’t watch horror film trailers without getting nightmares. I screamed twice reading this , my son just wanted “more more!” . I really don’t recommend this book for young kids although some older ones who like scary things will love it.

The Book That Eats People  by John Perry makes me laugh hysterically , so hard it was hard at times to read the words but it’s really really gruesome. This is not a book for kids that are squeamish, prone to imaginative nightmares or anxiety about death. That said if your child can handle a little funny horror, they will love this book. The story follows this human eating book as it wreaks havoc and gobbles people up! I beg parents to pre read this because it may be hilarious to me and my macabre little man but it may seriously frighten your child.

Halloween Crafts From Our Archives

My Halloween Kids Crafts have been big hits this year but have you seen some of our old favorites? Here are some fun , easy kid friendly crafts to do this weekend before you hit the streets for some candy!

Build Your Own Haunted House

Puffy Paint Ghost

Black Bean and Orange Lentil Wreath

Spider Cookies

Hand Print Bats

Easy Peasy Hair Bow

Have a wonderful and safe Halloween !